Thermostat Settings for the Upcoming Fall Season

 In General

Fall brings colder weather, and with it, changes in how you set and maintain your thermostat, especially in Wisconsin. It’s not quite hot anymore, but it can still get pretty warm when the sun is high. You may cut costs by going out to eat less often. Or maybe you add to your savings by driving less and cutting gas costs. One of the easiest ways to start saving during the fall season is by cutting your utility costs by improving energy efficiency in your home.

While warmer months require higher settings to save energy and stay comfortable or some days feeling hot enough to use the air conditioner, the cooler temperatures associated with the fall have a different set of needs.  So, what is the best temperature to set your thermostat for the fall? The answer to this simple question has several parts.  To find the best setting, a homeowner must address what they feel the best temperature is for comfort and how to make sure that the setting chosen is efficient and cost effective. Here are our tips for setting your thermostat during the fall for both non-programmable and programmable thermostats.

Why You Shouldn’t Leave it Where it Is

So here’s the question: Why not just run your air conditioner until it’s properly chilly outside, then just shut it off? Well, there are two problems with doing so. One of the reasons being homeowners end up missing out on the chance to save money by making small adjustments to your settings and two, this could negatively affect your cooling system.

If the weather outdoors gets colder than the temperature in the home while the AC system is still running, it can actually affect the system. This then creates a sharp pressure drop that results in freezing the cooling unit over,  forming blocks of potentially damaging ice. When finding the ideal fall setting, this is the number one thing to remember. Listed below are different types of Honeywell Products that Pharo Heating offers.

Honeywell Products

Honeywell 9000

You have the ability to control this thermostat anywhere in your home simply with the home’s Wi-Fi connection. You can also monitor or control your heating and cooling system with your smartphone from anywhere and anytime you choose directly from the Total Connect Comfort app.

Honeywell Lyric

If you have a hectic schedule, then the Lyric Round Wi-Fi Thermostat is perfect for you and your home.  No more wasted energy when you’re out and no more getting in from work to a cold house.

Honeywell Prestige

Our Prestige® IAQ has the features to make life at home easier, with simple programming and easy access to connect via smartphone, PC or tablet.  Review and change the temperature in your home anytime and anywhere.


Honeywell T6 PRO WIFI

The Lyric T6 Pro Wi-Fi Thermostat allows you to take comfort knowing your home temperature will always be just how you like it. The Lyric T6 Pro is ENERGY STAR® certified and you can program it based on your schedule and homeowners have the ability to control the thermostat anywhere simply by using a smartphone or tablet.

Honeywell VisionPro 8000

Connect our VisionPRO Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat to your Wi-Fi network. Now you’re ready to program, monitor and manage from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Yes, it’s that easy to manage your heating/cooling system or multiple systems for controlling your home’s comfort and energy savings.



Easy solutions to keep in mind are simply making adjustments as needed as well as upping the setting. This can be done directly from a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat such as our Bryant Evolution Connex Control system for example. These types of thermostats are designed specifically for when these issues arise. Even the simplest programmable unit can be set to run daily routines, increasing and decreasing temperatures according to your personal comfort.

The higher tier ones can even learn your temperature preferences and learn how to save you even more on energy costs by running streamlined routines. And, to answer the question you are probably thinking about, installing this type of system is a very low cost investment and are not solely limited to benefiting your home in the fall.  You’ll see savings and better performance in all seasons, we guarantee it.



Constant temperature setting fluctuations are an efficiency killer for homes with a non-programmable thermostat. Make sure when you set your thermostat for fall, you commit to that temperature. If homeowners want a more scheduled approach to home home comfort, considering a programmable model would be the best idea solution moving forward.


Like a non-programmable model, it is a good idea to set your schedule and desired temperatures and stick to it. Think about your home’s situation throughout the day such as if anyone is in the home during work hours or if the home gets chilly at night.  The pros of a programmable thermostat are the options to schedule the specific temperatures wanted at certain times of the day and not worrying about forgetting to do so. It truly is the most efficient way to control the temperature of your home.

If you want to save even more during the fall season, you can consider a heat pump. It works just like an air conditioner but can reverse the flow of refrigerant to provide heat for your home on those chillier nights/days. That way, you are always using the most efficient energy for your home.

So, The Reason to Set Your Thermostat to 68 Degrees

Why keep your home so cool? The further away the temperature inside your home is from the temperature outside, the harder your heater has to work. The harder your HVAC system has to work, the more strain it experiences, making it less efficient. Keep in mind, humidity levels will increase if you keep your home too warm, which can also lead to air quality issues.  If 68 degrees starts getting too cool, grab those blankets, a warm drink and enjoy the fall season because it has officially arrived.



Pharo Heating & Cooling is a full-service HVAC contractor in Madison. Our team provides top quality service for new construction and replacement furnace and air conditioner needs. For more information about annual furnace inspection or concerns, give us a call at 608-849-5410 or submit a contact form through our website.

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